Tuesday, October 25, 2011

~ Crafty Secrets Design Team Challenge ~ Gift Bag/Envelope

Welcome to the October challenge for the Crafty Secrets' DT!
This project was SO FUN!!! Let me show you ....


Each of the DT members used a tutorial that you can find HERE to create a paper sack from an envelope. And we each got to pick a theme, so I chose "Thank you" and then made this sack using a brown envelope, burlap, satin wings, cameo setting, lace trims, and these goodies from Crafty Secrets:

- Love Mail creative scraps

- Mini Frames stamp set (chain stamp)

- Grand Greetings stamp set (sentiment stamp)


and as part of the assignment, I made a card to go with the gift bag.



Another cute sentiment from Grand Greetings, and a cameo setting with an image from Mini Vintage creative scraps. the background pattern is from Love Mail. I used some bits of trim and a burlap scrap salvaged from the bin ;) ...


Take a minute and see the great stuff the rest of the DT has come up with:



And I just totally shocked myself by looking back at the archives........... I've been blogging for a YEAR already? how amazing is that. I've gotten bad at updating recently. I'mso busy with classes, practice, work, and so many other things. As time permits, I will keep this blog updated if anyone wants to read still (raise your hand if you do).

Last week my family took a vacation up in Cameron Highlands (Malaysia).Here's a few I have handy to show you.

We saw loads of pretty flowers...


Gorgeous scenery...


STRAWBERRIES!! at the strawberry farm! ...



Ok that's all for now...

~ Vi

p/s ... For those of you who asked, the little felt flower on the card in my last post was sent to me by my friend Annette. I bet she made them on her own, so if you want some of your own, go and bug her :D (sorry Annette) ....... I think she used to sell them in her etsy shop.


  1. ovin' your little gift bags! congrats on 1 year of blogging, too :)

  2. Adorable as always Vio... sure do miss your blogging!!!

  3. Oh-so-shabby and sweet, Vi -- LOVE it :)

  4. Adorable! I love the burlap embellishments, I need to get some of that!

  5. Joanne O'BrienOctober 25, 2011 at 9:04 AM

    Great bag and card. I really like the burlap you used.

  6. These are so so so gorgeous,i love these colors together!

  7. Your little creations are so adorable. Love the colors and that lace gives them a bit of a Vintage feel. Thanks for sharing the great pictures too. Enjoy

  8. Wow! One year is a long time - congratulations! As always, your work is delightful! Please don't die from stress - breathe a little, relax - it'll all work out!

  9. The paper sack and card are both so lovely !!!
    And so are the pictures of your vacation .
    Congratulations to your one year blogging !
    I am so glad to hear from you again, I really missed your blogging, but essential time consuming things in life have priority. Nevertheless I'm looking forward to your next post !!!
    Hugs, Rosa

  10. *stretches hand high in the air* I want to read more on your blogo:)
    Congrats on one year of inspiring the masses with your gorgeous creations. Such talent!!
    Pretty set here today, but we wouldn't expect to see anything less :)
    Have a great week!

  11. So sweet! just darling!

  12. Dearest Vio, please don't stop blogging! My hand is up high! I love your art, your photos, everything! ♥♥♥

  13. Fabulous bag and card, Vio! So glad to see you back. I do check your blog everyday to see if you've posted anything.

  14. my hand's up, viola! just look at your card and bag here--precious:)

  15. Fabulous Vio! I love ALL of your art... My hand is up as high as I can get it LOL!!

  16. This turned out lovely!

  17. My hands are raised and waving madly! Love your blog posts and so appreciate you sharing your talent. Thanks for all the inspiration!

  18. Oh Miss Vio you are so sweet! Please bug me, I love to make flowers! Love your gift bag, so shabby and beautiful! Congrats on the one year mark on your blog and yes, I am raising both hands!! Your photos are absolutely gorgeous, what a beautiful place to visit, can't wait to see more photos!!

  19. Such a beautiful bag. love the papers and trim...

  20. Love your work...would never want you to stop! My hands are up and I'll take the once in a while post rather than none! We'd all miss you too much!

  21. Kristina M. AndersonOctober 29, 2011 at 11:15 AM

    So pretty. I just love it. Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful creation.

  22. Viola: I adore your work. I am wondering if you can email me (karen.mycuprunnethover@gmail.com) and tell me where to purchase this better quality burlap you use. It doesn't seem to fray like normal burlap, and makes such great leaves, etc. I appreciate your help so much. I've bought pins from you in the past, and figured you would know where I can purchase this awesome burlap. Thanks so much!


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